Man Gets 17 Years In Attack On Rapper's Entourage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cincinnati (AP) -- A man who testified that he drove a jeep during a highway gun battle that killed a member of the rapper T.I.'s entourage has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Forty-one-year-old Padron Thomas was sentenced Wednesday on gun charges and unrelated federal drug charges.

He testified in December against his brother, Hosea Thomas, who was sentenced to 66 years in prison for shooting Philant Johnson in May 2006 after a T.I. concert in Cincinnati.

Three others were injured.

The grammy-winning rapper was not hurt.

In exchange for his testimony, the judge gave Padron Thomas a reduced sentence for his involvement in a drug ring that shipped hundreds of pounds of marijuana from California to Cincinnati.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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